Singer Li Yugang converts to Buddhism

(chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2014-12-01 10:21:31

A photo shows Chinese singer Li Yugang folding his hands in a prayer. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese singer Li Yugang, who rose to fame on the hit talent show Star Avenue, reportedly converted to Buddhism.

A photo taken by a tourist shows Li folding his hands while wearing traditional Buddhist clothing at a temple in Taipei, China's Taiwan province.

Li is one of the few countertenor singers in China, a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of a female mezzo-soprano.

A photo shows Chinese singer Li Yugang folding his hands in a prayer. [Photo/Agencies]

Ever since auditioning for Star Avenue in 2006, Li has introduced creativity to Chinese folk art. He was known for his fusion of traditional Chinese opera, pop music, classic dance and traditional elements during his stage performances.

A majority of his fans refused to believe Li's conversion to Buddhism. However, some believe that since many of Li's works contain teachings from Zen Buddhism, it's not a surprise that he felt a special connection with the religion.

Media workers close to Li said his decision was made because he sought serenity from his troubled emotional life. The singer has not released an official statement.

Chinese stars who have converted to Buddhism:

Faye Wong

Chinese singer Faye Wong (C) [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese singer Faye Wong is a devout Buddhist. She often pays tribute to her beliefs on her Sina Weibo account and she has recorded many Buddhist songs during her career. Her belief has also influenced those around her, including her close friend, actress Carina Lau, and her on- and off-boyfriend, Nicholas Tse.

Andy Lau

Chinese singer and actor Andy Lau. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese actor and singer Andy Lau studies Buddhism under a monk in Yanshan Temple in Taiwan province. Lau encountered with Buddhism from a young age as his parents were devout believers, but did not go deeper into the religion aside from visiting temples with his parents. He became more interested in the religion as he grew older, and converted to Buddhism after he was introduced to an eminent monk by a friend.

Chinese singer Li Na. [Photo/Agencies]

Li Na

Chinese singer Li Na became a household name in China after her single Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in 1997. Despite her fame, she disappeared later that year and became a Buddhist disciple at a temple in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.

Chen Xiaoxu

Chinese actress Chen Xiaoxu. [Photo/Agencies]

Chinese actress Chen Xiaoxu played the protagonist Lin Daiyu in the television series A Dream of Red Mansions in 1987, one of the first television series produced in China. Chen began studying Buddhism in 1999. She was an active player in philanthropy until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Chen became a disciple in Feb 23, 2007 at Baiguo Xinglong Temple in northern China. She died on May 13 the same year.

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